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Degree Programs

Degree Programs

Wellesley 4+1 Degree Program
(for Wellesley students)

Applying to the 4+1 Program

As a dual degree program, the Olin 4+1 program offers a number of potential advantages for Wellesley students. Graduates of the program may have greater access to engineering careers and/or graduate study in engineering. The program requires relatively little disruption to the student’s Wellesley program: the student graduates at Wellesley with her entering class, and then transitions smoothly to being a full-time student at Olin for her fifth year of study. The Olin engineering programs also differ significantly from most other schools’ programs, particularly in the emphasis on design, active learning, and interdisciplinary approaches.

At the same time, the 4+1 program is clearly not appropriate for all students. The 4+1 program requires a significant commitment (at least an additional year of study), and Wellesley students must complete math and science requirements, as well as at least five engineering courses, before their final year at Olin. For some students in fields such as physics or computer science, a master’s degree in engineering or science can make more sense than an additional bachelor's degree. Furthermore, the requirements of the program reduce a student’s elective flexibility during her four years at Wellesley.

Compatibility with Wellesley Majors 

Many Wellesley majors are, in principle, compatible. Naturally majors that include a higher fraction of science and mathematics courses have greater overlap with the requirements of an engineering degree; some majors may be incompatible simply due to the large number of units required.

4+1 Program Admission Timeline

October 15, 2018: Deadline for submitting the Application for Wellesley Support

December 1, 2018: Deadline for submitting the 4+1 application and all supporting materials

Mid-December 2018: Decision letters sent to applicants

February 15, 2019: Deadline to apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form

February/March 2019: Notification of costs sent out to admitted students

April 1, 2019: Deadline for accepting offer of admission to the 4+1 program and for submission of a non-refundable $1000 deposit. Admitted students should notify the Associate Director of Admission via email ( of their decision.

Mid-April 2019: Admitted 4+1 students register for Fall 2019 classes

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

There are two certificate programs available to Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students.

Engineering Certificate

Olin offers a Certificate in Engineering Studies for students at Wellesley College and Babson College who wish to gain a foundation in engineering content, skills, and perspectives, as well as some depth in one engineering field. The structure of this certificate gives students the flexibility to create course plans that meet their interests and needs.

Sustainability Certificate

As of April 29, 2020, the Sustainability Certificate Program will be concluding.  Please read the full announcment here.  If you have already taken the Introduction to Sustainability course, you are still eligible to complete the BOW Sustainability Certificate.  Please contact your campus advisor (Jay Turner, Wellesley College, jturner@wellesley.eduLucy McAllister, Babson College, lmcallister@babson.eduAlison Wood, Olin College of Engineering, for more information.

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Engineering Certificate

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Sustainability Certificate

Sustainability Certificate

See below for a major announcement about the Sustainability Certificate program drawing to a close.

Current certificate students can find program details here.


Since its launch in Fall 2011, the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Sustainability Certificate program has offered the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary learning across campus cultures through collaborative curricular experiences and project-based courses. Faculty and staff have worked together to create a community passionate about teaching and practicing sustainability.

In the past decade, the landscape has also changed. Wellesley has continued to grow its Environmental Studies department, Babson has introduced a Sustainability concentration, and increasing numbers of Olin students complete self-designed majors in sustainability. As the number of students, faculty, and staff who are actively engaged in sustainability work grows on all three campuses, the opportunities to get involved and to study the field have multiplied. At the same time, we have learned a great deal about what works best to teach, inspire, and connect across the three campuses from running the Certificate program.

Therefore, in partnership across BOW, we have made the difficult decision to conclude our Sustainability Certificate program. We increasingly find that our aspirations are outgrowing the structures we put in place ten years ago and we want to make space for new collaborations to emerge. We have a great deal of learning and success on which to build, and we look forward to seeing what new efforts might arise. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish together and grateful to everyone who has engaged with and contributed to the program.

For all those wondering what this means for students currently at various stages in the program, please read on for more detail about winding down the program. We aim to serve all students the best we can; if you have questions or concerns or would like to discuss your specific case, please contact the Director of the Certificate Program Alison Wood ( or your campus program adviser (Jay Turner at Wellesley,, and Lucy McAllister at Babson,

Students currently pursuing the Sustainability Certificate

If you have already taken the Introduction to Sustainability course, you are still eligible to complete the BOW Sustainability Certificate. If you would like to complete the certificate, fill out the Declaration Survey if you haven’t already. If you are able to take the Sustainability Synthesis course in fall 2020, you should do so. We are relaxing the prerequisites for the Synthesis course so that all certificate students who have taken Introduction to Sustainability are eligible to take Synthesis, even if you have not yet completed your elective courses. If you need the Synthesis course in order to complete the certificate and cannot take it in fall 2020, please notify your campus advisor or program director Alison Wood.

Jay Turner, Wellesley College,

Lucy McAllister, Babson College,

Alison Wood, Olin College of Engineering,

We recognize that there is great uncertainty about the fall 2020 semester because of the current pandemic. If your school is going forward with registration for fall 2020 courses, you should register for Sustainability Synthesis as you otherwise would. If one or more of the BOW schools announce that classes will not proceed as usual in the fall--including if classes are remote only--we will update this page with further information and we will reach out to students who have declared intent to pursue the certificate and students registered for the Synthesis course.  

Please review the program requirements here.

Students seeking other or additional sustainability opportunities across BOW

Concluding the certificate program does not reflect a reduced interest in sustainability at the BOW schools; on the contrary, so much new sustainability programming has flourished, along with increased interest, that we believe new efforts can better serve our needs. There are many additional ways to study sustainability on all three campuses, as well as ways to get involved beyond the classroom:

For ongoing certificate advising and approvals

Alison Wood will continue to serve as the program director until all current students who intend to complete the program have done so. Please feel free to reach out to her with certificate questions. In addition, the Babson and Wellesley faculty advisors will always be excellent resources for connecting to sustainability on campus as well as for lingering questions about the certificate program:

Jay Turner, Wellesley College,

Lucy McAllister, Babson College,

Alison Wood, Olin College of Engineering,

Updated 4/29/20

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